Still Learning from the Sky
Aug18

Still Learning from the Sky

I posted my first “Chasing the Sun” on November 17th, 2015. That was nearly two years ago. This is my 45th post for the Leaf where I get to write reflections about life, whether they be good or bad. I can’t say how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to write for a paper and site that cares so deeply about the people of the state of Alabama. the Leaf has been and will continue to be something I cherish deeply. So far, this post...

Read More
The Ins and Outs of a Watershed
Aug17

The Ins and Outs of a Watershed

The Ins and Outs of a Watershed A basin is a large area of land drained by a river and all its tributaries. Basins are made up of watersheds.  A watershed  is a land area whose elevation causes water to flow to a common waterway.  Here in Jefferson County, we have two main drainage basins:  the Black Warrior River Basin and the Cahaba River Basin which are formed by the Red Mountain Divide, a southern extension of the Appalachian...

Read More
Lessons from Life: Heavenly Hash
Aug16

Lessons from Life: Heavenly Hash

A couple of weeks ago, Murph and I were driving home when the news announcer said, “The founder of The Sex and Candy Kitchen stores passed away today at age 102.” “What did he say? “ I asked my husband. “Something about Sex and candy stores, never heard of those before. Have you?” The news continued and we soon figured out that what he actually said was the founder of the Saxon Candy Kitchen Stores had passed away. Boy, did we have a...

Read More
Lessons from Life: Blowing in the Dirt
Aug14

Lessons from Life: Blowing in the Dirt

It was a hot summer day in the park. There she sat in a soft pile of freshly tilled soil. Even the dirt that covered her face and little blue sun suit could not hide her natural charm.   Her dark curly hair poked out from her pink bonnet, her button nose was smudged with dust and little golden lights danced in her brown eyes, which were surrounded by sooty black lashes. She was absorbed in her task, picking up handfuls of the soft...

Read More
Lessons from Life: A Barefoot Summer
Aug13

Lessons from Life: A Barefoot Summer

He was lanky, with arms and legs too long for his body. But instead of being clumsy, he moved with perfect balance. His round face was sun burnt and his pug nose was speckled with freckles. His shock of sun bleached blond hair looked as if he had combed it with an egg beater. He had lively mischievous blue eyes. His wide grin allowed his crooked front tooth to stick out. His cut off jeans were clean but well worn. His striped T-shirt...

Read More
Lessons from Life: The Happy Yard
Aug12

Lessons from Life: The Happy Yard

There she was – her short little legs straight out in front of her as the swing rose and fell. When not swinging, those little legs were busy riding her trike, pushing her baby buggy, pulling her kitten in the wagon up and down the dirt paths that she had carved out in the yard, squatting in the sand box, or splashing in the pool. She made me think of a rare, exotic bird, full of life, hopping from limb to limb. She was a cheery...

Read More
Let Bartlet Be Bartlet
Aug11

Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

Since the beginning of time, people have often found themselves divided down the middle of different categories. Male/Female. Black/White. Rich/Poor. East/West. Republican/Democrat. It seems unfair that, as a society, we consistently polarize each other. “If you ain’t for me, you’re against me.” You know, that kind of thing. One of the most profound divides is between those who are educated and those who are not. Writers have been...

Read More
Journey of Hope
Aug09

Journey of Hope

The last six weeks have been six of the best weeks of my life, yes, they were very stressful but I had the opportunity to get to know the birth mother of my little boy. Over these weeks we were able to form an incredible bond that is totally unexplainable. To begin with we were both comfortable with pictures, emails, and letters for updates every so often but that is all we really discussed. Well, that was not what God had in store...

Read More